Editor’s note: The original story has been updated to reflect current vote totals and to update the winners of the Board of Review – District 2 and Water Reclamation District Commissioner (2yr) races. For the RoundTable’s story on turnout at the polls, click here. For the RoundTable’s portraits of Election Judges serving democracy, click here.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker will run against Republican state Senator Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, in November’s gubernatorial race. The incumbent Democratic governor sailed to an easy primary victory Tuesday, June 28, while Bailey beat out venture capitalist Jesse Sullivan and Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, who was backed by $50 million in campaign funding from hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin.
The main show was the gubernatorial race, where Irvin was the early favorite in the Republican field. But he stumbled at the end, failing to answer questions about who he voted for in the 2020 presidential election and what he would do as governor if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which it ultimately did last week.
Bailey, a loyalist to former President Donald Trump, was up in the polls two days ago when he received a last-minute endorsement from Trump. Bailey got 57% of the vote, several hundred thousand more votes than Sullivan and Irvin.
In Cook County, the incumbent Democrats held firm, with Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Assessor Fritz Kaegi and Sheriff Tom Dart prevailing.
Below is a full breakdown of the primary results in elections that Evanston voters participated in this year:
These races were for executive positions in the state government and for one of Illinois’ two senate seats.
Governor and Lieutenant Governor
- J.B. Pritzker and Juliana Stratton, the incumbent governor and lieutenant governor first elected in 2018, won 91.8% of the vote to beat U.S. Army veteran Beverly Miles and her running mate Karla Shaw.
- Darren Bailey and Stephanie Trussell, a state senator for the 55th District in southeast Illinois and a former talk show host on WLS-AM 890 in Chicago, respectively, won the GOP nomination for governor easily with 57.7% of the vote. Venture capitalist Jesse Sullivan came in a distant second with 15.6%.
- Incumbent Kwame Raoul ran unopposed and won the Democratic primary.
- Tom DeVore, a private attorney from Bond County who litigated to lift the statewide mask mandate in public schools, won with 44.3% of the vote. Steve Kim, an international business attorney and 2010 Republican nominee for attorney general, came in second with 34.6%.
Secretary of State
- Alexi Giannoulias, a former State Treasurer and 2010 Democratic candidate for U.S. senator, won with 52.8% of the vote. City Clerk of Chicago Anna Valencia came in second with 34.3%.
- Dan Brady, a State Representative for the 105th District in central Illinois, won with 76.4% of the vote. Former U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois John C. Milhiser came in second with 23.6%.
- Incumbent Tammy Duckworth ran unopposed and won the Democratic primary.
- Kathy Salvi, a personal injury lawyer and former public defender from Mundelein, won with 30.1% of the vote. Peggy Hubbard, a former police officer and 2020 candidate for U.S. Senator from Belleville, came in second with 24.8%.
No Republican candidates were filed to run in any of the judicial elections Evanstonians voted in.
Appellate Court – Hall vacancy
- Debra B. Walker, an incumbent Circuit Judge in the Domestic Relations division since 2008, won with 44.8% of the vote.
Appellate Court – Harris vacancy
- Raymond W. Mitchell, an incumbent Circuit Judge in the Chancery Division since 2008, won with 45.2% of the vote.
Cook County Circuit Court – Brennan Vacancy
- Lisa Michelle Taylor, a private attorney practicing personal injury and insurance law, won with 47.7% of the vote.
Cook County Circuit Court – Callahan, Jr., Vacancy
- Tracie Porter, an incumbent appointed Circuit Judge in the Traffic Division since 2021, won with 56.1% of the vote.
Cook County Circuit Court – Cannon Vacancy
- Diana López, Associate Circuit Judge in the Traffic Division since 2021, won with 65.1% of the vote.
Cook County Circuit Court – Hyman Vacancy
- Thomas E. Nowinski, Chief of Staff for the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk since 2020, won with 59.4% of the vote.
Cook County Circuit Court – Ingram Vacancy
- Elizabeth “Beth” Ryan, a private attorney practicing personal injury law and previous candidate for judge in 2020, won with 53.4% of the vote.
Cook County Circuit Court – Leeming Vacancy
- Rena Marie Van Tine, incumbent appointed Circuit Judge in the Law Division since 2021, won with 78.7% of the vote.
Cook County Circuit Court – Lynch Vacancy
- Michael Weaver, a private attorney practicing corporate law, won with 44.1% of the vote.
Cook County Circuit Court – McGury Vacancy
- Ruth Isabel Gudino, incumbent appointed Circuit Judge in the Traffic Division since 2021 and previous Assistant State’s Attorney from 2003 to 2021, won with 62.1% of the vote.
Cook County Circuit Court – O’Brien Vacancy
- Araceli R. De La Cruz, incumbent appointed Circuit Judge in the Traffic Division since January 2022 and former General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer for the Acero Charter School Network from 2016 to 2021, won with 53.2% of the vote.
Cook County Circuit Court – Sullivan Vacancy
- Thomas More Donnelly, incumbent appointed circuit judge since 2021 and former associate judge hearing a variety of cases from 2003 to 2021, won with 61.1% of the vote.
Cook County 9th Subcircuit – Cleveland Vacancy
- Sanjay Tailor, an incumbent appointed Circuit Judge serving as presiding Judge of the County Division since 2021 and former Associate Judge in several divisions from 2003 to 2021, won with 81.5% of the vote.
Cook County 9th Subcircuit – Jacobius Vacancy
- Barry Goldberg, chief of the Charitable Trust Bureau for the Illinois Attorney General since 2019, won with 41.7% of the vote.
Cook County Elections
These races were for executive and legislative offices in the county government and for commissioners in the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.
No Republican primaries were held in any of the Cook County elections Evanston residents voted in.
Board of Commissioners President
- Toni Preckwinkle, incumbent Board President since 2010 and runner-up in the 2019 Chicago mayoral election, won with 75.8% of the vote against Richard R. Boykin, a former Cook County Commissioner for District 1 from 2014 to 2018 and previous candidate for Circuit Judge in 2020.
Board of Review – District 2
- Samantha Steele, an appointed member of the Property Tax Board of Appeals in Lake County, Indiana since 2019 and former member of Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi’s transition team in 2018, defeated her opponent Michael Cabonargi. He is the incumbent Review Commissioner for District 2 since 2011 and Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois since 2019.
Cook County Sheriff
- Thomas Dart, incumbent sheriff since 2006 and former state legislator from 1991 to 2003, won with 86.2% of the vote against Noland Rivera, a police sergeant who has served in the Chicago Police Department since 1994.
Cook County Assessor
- Fritz Kaegi, the incumbent assessor since 2018 and previous career private asset manager, won with 53.8% of the vote against Kari K. Steele, an incumbent Metropolitan Water Reclamation Commissioner since 2013 who currently serves as Board President.
Metropolitan Water Reclamation Commissioner (Full 6-year term)
Democratic Primary (pick three)
- The top three vote getters were Mariyana T. Spyropoulos (22.2%), incumbent MWRD commissioner since 2010, Yumeka Brown (17.4%), incumbent Matteson Village Clerk since 2017 and President of the Rich Township Democratic Organization, and Patricia Theresa Flynn (15.99%), incumbent Trustee in the Village of Crestwood.
No Republican primary – R. Cary Capparelli ran unopposed.
Metropolitan Water Reclamation Commissioner (Unexpired 2-year term)